The Carlisle Bar
With fear and loathing spreading through the Cross, it is nice to see The Carlisle restore our faith in Sydney drinkers’ humanity. This bar wins my most clever and sexy cocktail title: the Rye An’ Gosling ($18) made with Rye whiskey and Goslings rum, ginger beer and freshly squeezed apple juice.
Queens Park Shed
New is out, converted is in. A disused sports shed in Centennial Park is the latest ‘found café’ to emerge in the fields of Queens Park. The space is modern and airy, while maintaining the integrity of its past through rustic finishes, quirky light fittings, and a gorgeous water station that employs the original pipes.
Spring Street Social
Never trust a charlatan or chunky fries described as ‘skinny’, right? Forget everything you’ve learnt and head to Bondi Junction’s newest underground bar. The Charlatan ($17) is one of their signature cocktails; with vodka, rhubarb bitters, cinnamon-infused agave and lime juice, it’s a tonic you’ll want to self-medicate with.
TopHat Coffee Merchants
The young couple who made waves down South with Swallow Coffee Traders have gone and done the same thing for the East. Co-owners, Jess Hol and Angus Nicol sold their Rockdale café and set sail for Clovelly, bringing their art of coffee making and their own roaster which rotates single-origin beans (soon to be wholesale).